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Seattle's Woodson Lateral Records will release the album June 22, but copies will be for sale at the May 1 show at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios where Little Grizzly will play most of their songs, plus some covers, with the help of friends and previous album contributors Centro-matic's Will Johnson and Scott Danbom, Slobberbone's Brent Best and Chris Flemmons of The Baptist Generals, who open the show along with Monkeytown and The Nizzardz. "Everyone's going to be ready for us to break up after we've been playing for hours and hours," Neal says. "We're not going to play every song we've ever written, but it's going to be pretty damn close."
They're comparing this final performance to an Irish wake, expecting drunken carousing, teary-eyed sing-alongs and maudlin sentiments. "I kind of wanted to break up the band right then and there and not play anymore," Matt Barnhart says. "Honestly I didn't know if I could handle it. I'll probably have a breakdown in the middle of the set because I'm a big baby."
Despite the differences of opinion that contributed to the breakup, none of them really wants to see the band end. It's just a consequence of their changing lives. "I'm really proud of this band," Neal says. "This is a band I would love to go see. For the first time in my life, I made music that I was actually a fan of." Matt Barnhart agrees: "I think we had a really good run. I'm really proud of everything we did. I think the people that like our band genuinely like our band. And we sold an appropriate amount of records and got them into the hands of people who really cared about them. And I can't be sad about that."
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